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Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

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4,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,364
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 35
Gots: 392 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2000)
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Photo of Todd
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 FL OZ custom clear bottle.

Appearance: Tawny/leathery brown. Nice and rich in colour with a bit of a creamy, bubbly lace of a head. Semi-sticky and seems to retain well.

Smell: Medicinal, astringent aromas. Smells crisp and clean. Most of the smells come from the funky ass Ringwood yeast.

Taste: Sweet (but not very malty) and light bodied in the begining. Toasted notes. A crispness creeps up pretty quickly followed by corn sweetness and a definite alcohol taste distinctly from the added maize grits. DMS (cooked vegetables) is also on the palate. Hop notes are leafy, a bit oily. They meld with the prominent yeast profile, that seems to dominate, to create a dryness. Brew gets a bit tea-like, then the tongue then gets coated with a light hop oil/astringent dose of residual flavours from the yeast. Finishes odd.

Notes: This brew uses corn grits, added liquid sugar and is pasteurised. Hardly a "real ale" from England. It's very much a commercial beer these days, and long gone is the age old "goodness." It's now another brew victim to global fame and demand. Despite this, it's drinkable. Not the best brew, or Brown Ale even. In fact, some might find its claimed "special flavour" hard to swallow. Newky Brown uses the tag line "The One and Only" ... let's hope so.

Todd, Oct 29, 2000
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3.08/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.76/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

StevenC, Yesterday at 08:03 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +43.1%

My Favorite Beer! a lot of caramel and oats.

SeanMurray, Yesterday at 07:53 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mdphill, Yesterday at 07:13 AM
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3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A classic. Here goes:

A: Can't complain about how the beer looks. Pours a beautiful, clear brown with a great white head. Plenty of carbonation, too. Don't see how I can really knock the beer's appearance.

S: Somewhat muted aromas. Also very simple. Caramel malt with a touch of baker's yeast.

T: Good. Caramel malt and baker's yeast with mild English hops (the hops are just a smattering, though, and they disappear almost immediately). Caramel is a little too sweet, however, and the baker's yeast isn't quite bready enough (in fact, the yeast is relatively absent - appears at the front of the tongue and then disappears).

F: Too watery - not bready enough for an English brown.

O: Good beer but there are drawbacks.

leantom, Friday at 11:00 PM
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3.16/5  rDev -4.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.44/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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1.6/5  rDev -51.8%

Sbrunner223, Tuesday at 08:16 PM
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3.24/5  rDev -2.4%

AndreasDif, Tuesday at 08:11 PM
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

I'm just not a huge fan of your basic brown ales, and that's exactly what this beer is. I suppose it goes well with British pub food, but I can probably do better.

dcscientist, Tuesday at 06:40 PM
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3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +50.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CalebDouglas, Nov 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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